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The Coast Guard tuition assistance program is designed to assist Coast Guard personnel in broadening academic or technical backgrounds by providing funding for off-duty independent education. Specific policy and guidelines are outlined in ACN 112/20 - SEP 2020 FY21 COAST GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA) POLICY

General TA Procedures​

Tuition Assistance is NOT authorized for prerequisite / bridge courses that are at a level lower than the degree you currently hold (i.e. members with a conferred Bachelor’s degree may not use TA to cover any additional bachelor level courses that may be required prior to full acceptance to a desired Master’s level degree program).

You can submit TA Applications up to 90 days from the class start date, NLT than 14 days prior to the course start date.


1. Member establish a plan for completion of a degree or certificate program with their ESO's. Use of ETQC-4147 is mandatory to determine a service MBR's eligibility for the use of TA. The use of this form determines a MBR's eligibility AND command approval for the use of TA IAW the current TA ALCOAST.

2. Members Submit TA application in MyCG Ed up to 90 days prior to the course start date. All TA applications must be command approved by the ESO 14 days prior to the course start date, MBR's can use the user manual in MyCG Ed for assistance on entering the TA Application. As a reminder, use all available picklists in MyCG Ed when applying for TA to avoid errors. Reserve members affiliated with the Selected Reserve (SELRES) must up load a current point statement in MyCG Ed for ETQC to verify satisfactory progress in the current anniversary year and to have met the participation standards for the previous anniversary year.

3. Supervisors/Department Heads shall forward the electronic recommendation form to the XO for final approval.

4. Supervisors/Department Heads shall validate that a member meets the following criteria:

a) Satisfactory progress toward completion of unit qualifications.

b) Satisfactory progress toward watch station qualifications.

c) Satisfactory proficiency of craft.

d) Satisfactory conduct during the previous six (6) months prior to TA application.

e) Review & verify accuracy of JST Transcript & submit to school for evaluation

f) Complete & email JST Correction form for transcript  (if applicable)

g) Uploaded degree plan in MyCG Ed under the “My Education Plan” tab

5. The CO/XO or designated Authority will then forward electronically to the designated ESO, COPYING member.

6. Member then enters course information in MyCG Ed   ​


Quick Facts:


  • Schools must have a current DOD MOU in order to utilize TA.  
  • Mandatory (acceptable) Degree plans are required after the completion of the 2nd course or 6 semester hours using TA.
  • Fees or expenses not listed as tuition is not authorized.
  • The student is financially responsible for any tuition costs incurred without an approved TA voucher in hand. 
  • Failure to pass a course with a "C" or higher for undergraduate courses, a "B" or higher for graduate courses will require reimbursement of TA.






The Coast Guard will fund tuition cost not to exceed $250.00 per semester hour, or $166.67 per quarter hours or $16.67 per clock hour.




Undergraduate: 130 Semester Hours

Graduate: 40 Semester Hours